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Second wave of Tramlines acts announced
The latest additions include Johnny Marr, Annie Mac, Tom Grennan, Drenge, The Futureheads, Jade Bird, Becky Hill, The Japanese House, Good Cop Bad Cop, She Drew The Gun, JAWS, Marsicans, Blackwaters, October Drift, Balcony, Man & The Echo, and a handful of breaking bands curated by This Feeling for the emerging talent ‘Library Stage’.
Crowds of 30,000 are expected to turn out for the 11th edition of Tramlines which boasts four stages of music, an outdoor cinema, comedy line up and much more besides. With a genre spanning line up of the internationally acclaimed to the hottest new acts, Tramlines is one of the UK’s most popular and longest running city-based festivals. Weekend tickets are seriously good value priced from £69.50 plus booking fee, and available from www.tramlines.org.uk.
Formerly a multi-venue, inner-city festival, Tramlines evolved in 2018 and took place across a single, greenfield site, situated in the lush surroundings of Hillsborough Park, with views across the city. The highest quality line ups remain as important as ever to the team behind Tramlines. Already announced for 2019 are headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Courteeners, Niles Rodgers & Chic, plus Manic Street Preachers, Rag’n’Bone Man, Doves, Happy Mondays, Reverend and The Makers, Miles Kane, Circa Waves, Lewis Capaldi, Shame and lots more. Its credibility as a must-visit music festival continues to rise and the latest wave is another statement of intent.
Leading the phase two announcement are Johnny Marr, best known as the guitarist and – with Morrissey – co-songwriter of the Smiths, and queen of the beats on Radio1, Annie Mac. From jangly guitars to phat basslines, these are not-to-missed performances.
Other just-added booking highlights include, Tom Grennan who roadblocked the Leadmill tent at Tramlines last year with tracks from his hit ‘Lighting Matches’ album; Sheffield brother-duo Drenge who’ve just dropped new album ‘Strange Creatures’; and the newly reformed The Futureheads who’ll be pleasing post punk fans everywhere.
Tramlines is also excited to bring Jade Bird to the line up. Her track ‘Cathedral’ rightfully won her a place on the 2018 BBC Sound Of list, as did ‘Face For Thunder’ in 2017 by The Japanese House who’ll also appear at Tramlines fronted by the much-buzzed-about, Amber Bain. Singer / songwriter Becky Hill also joins the bill, best known for her string of chart-topping hits including those with Rudimental, MK, and Little Simz; as do Sheffield super-group Good Cop Bad Cop - the new project from Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders and pal Joe Carnall of Milburn.
Year on year, Tramlines continues to showcase the best acts from the UK’s emerging talent scene. This year the new talent bill spans sounds from indie punk to psych pop and everything in between, featuring She Drew The Gun, JAWS, Marsicans, BlackWaters, October Drift, Balcony, and Man & The Echo.
More breaking talent has been lined up by ‘This Feeling’ - the club for future rock and roll stars. They have curated the Friday line up for the ‘Library Stage’ where their handpicked selections of the most exciting acts from this scene will play, including Rum Club, Himalayas, Planet, The Estevans and The Rosadocs.
Whilst the Tramlines line up gets bigger each year, it remains seriously good value for money. Tickets are now on fourth tier and priced from £69.50 plus booking fee for all three days. VIP upgrade tickets are available for an additional £50 granting access to the private VIP area situated right next to the main stage with private bars, food stalls and toilets. Under 12s go for free. For full ticketing info, visit www.tramlines.org.uk.
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